Friday, February 22, 2013
In Michigan, children must be at least 5 years old on or before Nov. 1, 2013 to enroll in kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year.
Public and private schools in Macomb Township and across Macomb County have started enrolling kindergarten students for the 2013-14 academic year. Under Michigan's new kindergarten start dates, a child can be enrolled in a program for the 2013-14 year if they are at least 5 years old on or before Nov. 1, 2013. To make the selection of a program and the ultimate enrollment process easier, Patch has compiled a list of need-to-know information from schools in the area. Want more Macomb Township school and local news? Sign up for Patch's free e-newsletter for daily updates. A parent or legal guardian must register a student. Most schools required the following items to be provided at the time of enrollment: Chippewa Valley Schools L'Anse …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A new database compiled by the The Mackinac Center for Public Policy shows Utica Community Schools' superintendent earning $300,789 in salary and benefits, with Chippewa Valley and L'Anse Creuse superintendents averaging $250,000.
Editor's Note: The Mackinac Center for Public Policy acknowledged that some numbers in the superintendent database released last week may be incorrect. For instance, the center's figures show Utica Community Schools' superintendent as being the highest compensated in the state with a package of $300,789. But the Kalamazoo Gazette said that distinction might actually go to its superintendent, who has a total package worth $344,667 in 2012. MLive reported that the center's director said he’s received several phone calls from superintendents saying certain information is not correct. The superintendent of Utica Community Schools may not have the top salary in the state, but that six-figure number combined with contract benefits makes this …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The VH1 Save the Music Foundation paid Endeavour Middle School another visit.
VH1 returned Thursday to Endeavour Middle School to check on instruments it donated last year to the band program. “This is amazing,” Chiho Okuizumi of the VH1 Save the Music Foundation stated in a New Haven Community news release. “Normally, the beginning band is the largest and bands get smaller as the years go on. In New Haven, the bands get bigger!” The first-year band at Endeavour has about 40 students and the second-year band has over 60, the district says. Don Hibbert, band and choir director for both Endeavour Middle School and New Haven High School added, “The only students we’ve lost from band are those who moved. We do some fun things and kids really seem to enjoy being in music." The district says the the band and choir …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse and Utica outpaced statewide MEAP averages in most subjects in 2012. However, New Haven was generally unable to match state averages beyond its results in third grade math and reading.
For the most part, students in Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse and Utica districts continued to perform on par or above their peers across the state in all subject areas, according to the recently-released results of the 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program, or MEAP test. New Haven students struggled to match state averages in all areas except third-grade math and reading. During the MEAP exam, taken during fall 2012, public school students in grades 3-9 were tested in math, reading, writing, social studies and/or science depending on the grade level. Across Michigan, students showed improvement in reading, math and writing in 2012, with the improvement seen in all grades and most demographic groups. Utica saw its greatest gains in …
Monday, January 28, 2013
New Haven Community Schools has canceled all classes and after school activities and athletics for Tuesday, Jan. 29.
New Haven Community Schools will remain closed Tuesday, Jan. 29, due to hazardous road and travel conditions, according to the district website. All after school activities and athletics will also be canceled at New Haven High School, Endeavour School, New Haven Elementary School and Little Rockets Shooting Stars Pre-K.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Heightened security measures implemented by Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse, Utica and New Haven districts following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting are expected to remain in place through early 2013.
Three weeks, including a holiday break, have passed in Macomb Township schools since the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, but security remains at an all-time high in all local districts. Like countless districts across the state and country, Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse, New Haven and Utica schools heightened their security in the days following the shooting. In Chippewa Valley, those measures are due to remain in place until further notice, wrote Superintendent Ron Roberts in a recent letter to parents. Enhanced security measures include: UCS Superintendent Dr. Christine M. Johns echoed Roberts statements in a Dec. 21 letter to her district's parents. Utica schools will not only enforce the measures listed above but has also asked local …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Public school districts across Macomb Township are tightening their security measures this week in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT.
Try the main entrance of a Chippewa Valley or Utica school this week and you should find it locked. These districts, along with others serving Macomb Township, are tightening security following the elementary school shootings Friday in Connecticut. "We continually review our policies and procedures and we strive to ensure that our schools remain safe places for everyone," Chippewa Valley Superintendent Ron Roberts wrote in an email to parents. "In light of recent events, the district has elected to place all of its building in a modified lockdown (this) week." Read more: How Are You Talking to Your Children About the Newtown School Shooting? UCS Superintendant Christine Johns also sent a letter home to parents over the weekend to inform …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Michigan's right-to-work law is due to take effect on March 31, 2013.
The effects of Michigan’s new right-to-work law won't be felt until 2015 for many of Macomb Township’s public sector unions. The new law, which prohibits public and private sector unions from requiring membership or dues from the workers they represent, is due to take effect March 31, 2013. However, the legislation exempts police and fire unions. Looking for more coverage? Check out our Right-to-Work page or sign up for the Macomb Township Patch e-newsletter. While the new law won’t affect existing union contracts, once contracts expire, employees won't be required to pay union dues, although they will still be covered by union-negotiated contracts along with those of their colleagues who elect to pay dues. Union contracts for Macomb …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Superintendent Keith Wunderlich said he plans to review security procedures with his building principals on Monday.
In a letter to parents and staff Friday, New Haven Community Schools Superintendent Keith Wunderlich expressed his condolences for the victims and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and announced that Monday would bring a complete review of the district's own security measures. "First thing Monday morning I am having a conference call with the principals to review all our security procedures," Wunderlich wrote. "A review is always a good thing. This weekend would also be a good time for parents to talk to their children. Tell them how important it is to keep the lines of communication open. Together, we will keep New Haven the safe place it is." Read more: L'Anse Creuse assures parents of district's own security measures…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The student, who was diagnosed with viral meningitis, has not yet returned to New Haven High School.
A New Haven High School student diagnosed with viral meningitis just days before Thanksgiving is expected to make a full recovery. The student reportedly became ill at school Nov. 19 and was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors initially diagnosed a non-contagious form of bacterial meningitis, according to a letter sent home to parents Nov. 20. New Haven Superintendent Keith Wunderlich said the diagnosis was later changed to viral meningitis, a much less severe form. While there is no specific treatment for viral meningitis, most patients completely recover on their own within seven to 10 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wunderlich said the student is expected to make a full recovery, but had not …